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RATINGS: 1547   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Golden naked oats mashed with dark crystal and robust roasted malts create a luscious black brew with a satin smooth finish. Layering UK Target hops in the boil adds a pleasant, earthy complexity while higher fermentation temperatures enhance the overall flavor with fruity esters. An old-world style, done the Green Flash way. Big, bold, flavorful and complex Double Stout.

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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThreeCats (848) - ISRAEL - OCT 12, 2013
Quite black with a nice solid mocha head. Aroma of heavy roast, lots of bittersweet chocolate, espresso. Taste of lots of black coffee, espresso, roast, bitter chocolate that lasts long into the palate. This beer has a lot of "chocolate" action going, but its not sweet. Its all dark high-coco percent bitter chocolate stuff. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bill Becker (847) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - DEC 14, 2013
I bought a 4 pack...locally. Good to see GF in town. Pitch black pour that brings a 2 finger head of tan foam. The foam is just sitting there, not shrinking at all, so I guess Ill have to drink some to check on the lacing. Thats a + comment. Nice notes of roasted malt, chocolate, and dark fruits in the nose. Mostly on the sweetish side but has some bitterness. No aroma of any of the biggish abv. My, this is a chewy brew. I love the roasted malt character that brings some dark fruits, nice chocolate flavour, and a pretty strong roasted malt bitterness. The alcohol does come through more in the taste than the smell and at times, seems to dominate the taste. Fix that, and I think the brew would be up there in world class territory. Big bodied with ample carbonation, the mouthfeel is fine. Overall, its a nice Imperial Stout. Just needs a bit of tweeking to get it where Id want it to be. I almost forgot...lacing is fine.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 3, 2008
Sludgy dark brown. Aroma is very chocolatey, somewhat acidic with some prominent ethanol, lightly smoky. Flavor is sweet and full with tons of roastines backe up by more wispy smokiness. Lightly fruity, but not as much as expected from description. Very meaty body. Relatively lightly bitter finish. Very roasty but avoids the overly smoky trap.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 23, 2008
Dark color. Smell of caramel, coffee, chocolate, hops, bubble gum, roasted malt, bread, brown sugar and raspberries. Taste of caramel, coffee, dark chocolate, hops, roasted malt, bread, brown sugar and raspberries. Very enjoyable.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blom (837) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2008
Black with a low brown head. Beautiful vanilla aroma with further notes of coffee and chocolate. The flavours are very balanced, primarily sweet like caf latte, roasted malts and oak. Nice mouthfeel too. Very nice!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holy (837) - GERMANY - FEB 4, 2012
On tap, shared with quiznoaz. The label says Double Stout and Black Ale. Thats enough to thoroughly confuse me, but Ive never claimed to be a smart one... What do you do with a beer that has identity issues? Drink that bitch. Thats what.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HIGHB4LL (837) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2014
On tap at Mayor of Old Town. Appearance: slight and creamy brown head, great lace, beautiful deep brown-black color. Aroma: chocolate, sweet malts, roast, hints of licorice, coffee. Palate: creamy texture, lasting bitter finish, soft creamy texture, full body. Taste: sweet transitioning to dark chocolate bitter. Overall, very very smooth and well balanced, one of my new favorites for the style.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kayres (837) - , Georgia, USA - NOV 5, 2012
Black pour with a thick dark tan head. Sort of a dull hop bitter/ roast aroma. Big bodied,smooth coco flavors with a touch of hop and roast bitter ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2012
12 oz. bottle poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass. A: Pours a nearly pitch black body befitting of a good stout. I really like the head on this, aside from its underwhelming retention. Due to an aggressive pour, the head starts off four fingers tall with a lighter tan color and a vibrant bubble show at first. Lots of sticky, spiderweb lacing is left on the glass. S: Very chocolaty! Lying underneath all the chocolate are notes of coffee, dark fruit, roast, and earthy hops. Could almost pass for a roided-up export stout. T: At first sip, hops waste no time coating the tongue with an opening piny bitterness. Afterward, the chocolaty goodness pops back up. Theres a weird lactic acid twang throughout that clashes with the hops; both end up being the dominant flavors over the nicer notes of coffee, dark fruit and chocolate, hurting the overall balance. While its far from bad, the taste is incredibly disappointing after such an amazing smell. M: The body texture has a weird combination of hop resin, acidity, and stout stickiness with a medium body. These traits never seem to fully mesh, creating a stout thats pretty difficult to drink. Dry finish and lower carbonation. O: A textbook example of a beers smell writing checks its taste cant cash. I think this will be a lot better with a fresher bottle or on tap, but right now, if I want a hopped up imperial stout, Ill stick with Victory Storm King.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stoutnick (835) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 16, 2013
UPDATED: APR 2, 2013 Light black with tan head. Aroma is caramel malts and slight mocha. taste is bitterness, toffee and caramel; perfectly balanced between the three. Yum, and so easy to drink. Palate is not too big - bitter with some caramel. Overall, the perfect sessional stout, though a big one at that (8.8%!).


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